AKC Breed Standard

BEAGLE BREED STANDARD

HOUND GROUP

Head
The skull should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput, with cranium broad and full. Ears–Ears set on moderately low, long,  reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the end of the nose; fine in  texture, fairly broad-with almost entire absence of erectile power-setting close  to the head, with the forward edge slightly inturning to the cheek–rounded at  tip. Eyes–Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike–expression  gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color. Muzzle–Muzzle of  medium length-straight and square–cut–the stop moderately defined. Jaws–Level.  Lips free from flews; nostrils large and open. Defects–A very flat  skull, narrow across the top; excess of dome, eyes small, sharp and terrierlike,  or prominent and protruding; muzzle long, snipy or cut away decidedly below the  eyes, or very short. Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-face expression.  Ears short, set on high or with a tendency to rise above the point of origin.

Body
Neck and Throat–Neck rising free and light from the shoulders strong  in substance yet not loaded, of medium length. The throat clean and free from  folds of skin; a slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw, however, may be allowable. Defects–A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the  top of the shoulders. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed  “throatiness.”

Shoulders and Chest
Shoulders sloping–clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded–conveying the idea of  freedom of action with activity and strength. Chest deep and broad, but not broad  enough to interfere with the free play of the shoulders. Defects–Straight,  upright shoulders. Chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth.

Back, Loin and Ribs
Back short, muscular and strong. Loin broad and slightly arched, and the ribs  well sprung, giving abundance of lung room. Defects–Very long or  swayed or roached back. Flat, narrow loin. Flat ribs.

Forelegs and Feet
Forelegs–Straight, with plenty of bone in proportion to size of  the hound. Pasterns short and straight. Feet–Close, round and firm.  Pad full and hard. Defects–Out at elbows. Knees knuckled over  forward, or bent backward. Forelegs crooked or Dachshundlike. Feet long, open  or spreading.

Hips, Thighs, Hind Legs and Feet
Hips and thighs strong and well muscled, giving abundance of propelling power.  Stifles strong and well let down. Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent.  Feet close and firm. Defects–Cowhocks, or straight hocks. Lack  of muscle and propelling power. Open feet.

Tail
Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back; with  slight curve; short as compared with size of the hound; with brush. Defects–A  long tail. Teapot curve or inclined forward from the root. Rat tail with absence  of brush.

Coat
A close, hard, hound coat of medium length. Defects–A short, thin coat,  or of a soft quality.

Color
Any true hound color.

General Appearance
A miniature Foxhound, solid and big for his inches, with the wear-and-tear look of the hound that can last in the chase and follow his quarry to the death.

Scale of Points

Head
  Skull
5
  Ears
10
  Eyes
5
  Muzzle
5
25
Body
  Neck
5
  Chest and shoulders
15
  Back, loin and ribs
15
35
Running Gear
  Forelegs
10
  Hips, thighs and hind legs
10
  Feet
10
30
  Coat
5
  Stern
5
10
Total
100

Varieties
There shall be two varieties:
Thirteen Inch–which shall be for hounds not exceeding 13 inches in height.
Fifteen Inch–which shall be for hounds over 13 but not exceeding 15 inches in  height.

Disqualification
Any hound measuring more than 15 inches shall be disqualified.

Packs of Beagles

Score of Points for Judging

Hounds
General levelness of pack
40%
Individual merit of hounds
30%
70%
Manners
20%
Appointments
10%
Total
100%

Levelness of Pack
The first thing in a pack to be considered is that they present a unified appearance.  The hounds must be as near to the same height, weight, conformation and color  as possible.

Individual Merit of the Hounds
Is the individual bench-show quality of the hounds. A very level and sporty pack  can be gotten together and not a single hound be a good Beagle. This is to be  avoided.

Manners
The hounds must all work gaily and cheerfully, with flags up–obeying all commands  cheerfully. They should be broken to heel up, kennel up, follow promptly and stand.  Cringing, sulking, lying down to be avoided. Also, a pack must not work as though  in terror of master and whips. In Beagle packs it is recommended that the whip  be used as little as possible.

Appointments
Master and whips should be dressed alike, the master or huntsman to carry horn–the  whips and master to carry light thong whips. One whip should carry extra couplings  on shoulder strap.

Recommendations for Show Livery
Black velvet cap, white stock, green coat, white breeches or knickerbockers, green or black stockings, white spats, black or dark brown shoes. Vest and gloves optional. Ladies should turn out exactly the same except for a white skirt instead of white breeches.

AKC Approved September 10, 1957